1 Shot Wednesday: A Cool Picture

Is it hot where you live? August is my least favorite month of the year. It’s the month one suffers through. In many places, it’s hot and humid (the steamy heat that coats and drains) or if you live in Arizona (except for Flagstaff), it’s that dry, blasting heat with three-digit temperatures. (100-120 F or 37/48c ) This photo is a visual cool down. I enjoy looking at photos out of season. This surprise snowfall happened on Christmas morning, 2016. We drove up to Jerome to get a view of the valley. Hang in there! Fall is fast approaching. 

The best Christmas present if you live in the desert.

Five Shots: Glencoe and Loch Ness

Here are a set of shots I took traveling through Glencoe Glen into the Scottish Highlands on our way to Loch Ness. Our group loved getting caught in the rain. Living in the desert, this was as foreign terrain as we could have asked for and the Highlands held us spellbound. Which one do you like best?

Caught in the Rain
Glencoe Glen
Ulani, my granddaughter
Pansies shot by Annette.
Highland cattle are a Scottish cattle breed.
Castle Urquhart on Loch Ness
Loch Ness
Steps at Urquhart

I appreciated how pristine the region was. No pollution or human traces of developments or resorts or water traffic on the lochs. The houses are stone and plaster and there’s no such thing as a billboard. It truly felt like I had stepped back in time.

1 Shot Wednesday: Urquhart Castle

My annual summer trip abroad with students and family was outstanding. We went to London and Scotland. We got back yesterday, so as I organize my photos, I will offer one today. Our group went to the Highland Mountains and visited Loch Ness. From Wikipedia: “Urquhart Castle is a fortress that sits beside Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. The castle is on the A82 road, 21 kilometres south-west of Inverness and 2 kilometres east of the village of Drumnadrochit. The present ruins date from the 13th to the 16th centuries, though built on the site of an early medieval fortification.”

Dark waters caused by peat deposits obscure Nessie the monster and the actual depth of the loch. We enjoyed our visit exploring the ruins including a boat ride. I haven’t been to Scotland since 1984 when I was in the Navy and stationed above the Highland Mountains at Thurso, the northern tip. It was a homecoming. More photos forthcoming.

Urquhart Castle

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